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An image from From Huey Coleman's film, "Maine Heritage Orchard," showing orchard director John Bunker. The film will be presented throughout Maine this winter and spring.

Prize-winning Maine filmmaker Huey Coleman's "Maine Heritage Orchard" film will be shown during the 2016 Maine Short Film Festival, sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association.

Huey was at the first planting day of MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard in 2013, when volunteers planted 102 heirloom apple trees on a reclaimed sand and gravel pit in Unity, Maine. He continued documenting the project for the next year and a half.

Huey's video will be shown at these locations:

December 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – Strand Theater, Rockland
January 7, 7:30 p.m. – Space Gallery, Portland
January 14, 7 p.m. – Gracie Theatre, Bangor
January 28, time TBA – Frontier Café, Brunswick
March 10, time TBA – Reel Pizza, Bar Harbor
March 24, 7 p.m. – Stonington Opera House, Stonington
April 7, 7 p.m. – The Alamo, Bucksport
April 14, 7 p.m. – Denmark Arts Center, Denmark
April 21, 7 p.m. – Schoodic Arts for All, Winter Harbor
April 28, 7 p.m. – Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

The video is also posted at www.youtube.com/user/MaineOrganicFarmers (click on the video titled, "Maine Heritage Orchard").

Read more about MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Hearings Soon on Bills Affecting Massachusetts Food and Farming
NOFA-Mass - 5/25/2013.
By Jack Kittredge NOFA/Mass Policy Director - There will be 2 public hearings in June at which will be considered bills related to the future of food and farming in Massachusetts. NOFA/Mass has identified 8 of these bills as priorities and urges all members who are concerned about any of these issues to attend and testify or to send testimony. Details of the hearings and the bills to be considered at each are below.
Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
The New York Times - 5/25/2013.
Op-Ed by Jo Robinson - If we want to get maximum health benefits from fruits and vegetables, we must choose the right varieties. Studies published within the past 15 years show that much of our produce is relatively low in phytonutrients, which are the compounds with the potential to reduce the risk of four of our modern scourges: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.
9-Year-Old Challenges Fast Food Giant CEO
Common Dreams - 5/25/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - Stop tricking kids into eating your food all the time, a 9-year-old girl told Don Thompson, McDonald's Corp. CEO, at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. At the corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., Hannah Robertson of Kelowna, British Columbia challenged the company's marketing practices, noting how it uses toys and cartoon characters.
Mount Desert Island elementary school wins national honor for healthy food program
Bangor Daily News - 5/25/2013.
By Bill Trotter - On Friday, Mount Desert Elementary School was honored as being the only school among the 600 or so public schools in Maine to win a Gold of Distinction designation from U.S. Department of Agriculture for the quality of its school food program.
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